The Specialness of Sitting in Meditation

When we think of sitting, it may not seem particularly special. After all, it’s just a way for our bodies to take a break from standing or walking. However, sitting takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to meditation. From the outside, you can easily recognize someone who is meditating when they are sitting, especially if they are sitting on the floor. The posture itself exudes wakefulness and embodies stability and serenity. It is a powerful and majestic stance that broadcasts both inwardly and outwardly.

Sitting meditation involves assuming an upright and dignified posture for extended periods of time. But it’s not just about the physical posture; it’s about adopting a particular posture towards the mind. It is mind sitting. Once you are in the sitting position, there are various ways to approach the present moment. The common thread is paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally. Starting with the breath is a simple and effective way to begin. Feel the breath as it moves in and out, anchoring your attention to the present moment.

As you continue your practice, you can expand your awareness to observe the thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and impulses that arise within you. However, it takes time and practice to develop the concentration and mindfulness necessary to hold such a wide range of objects in awareness without becoming overwhelmed or attached to them. For most people, this process takes years and depends on their motivation and the intensity of their practice. So, starting with the breath and using it as an anchor is a good way to begin.

I encourage you to set aside a specific time every day to just be present. It can be as little as five minutes or as long as thirty minutes, depending on your preference. Sit down and observe the moments unfolding without any agenda other than to be fully present. Use the breath as your anchor to bring your attention back whenever it wanders. Your thinking mind may drift, but each time it does, gently bring your attention back to the breath. Keep your posture erect but not stiff, imagining yourself as a mountain – solid and grounded.

Now, let’s explore what makes sitting in meditation so special. When you come to the cushion or chair, approach it with a sense of taking your seat. Sitting meditation is different from casually sitting down somewhere. There is energy in the act of taking your seat, both in the choice of spot and in filling your body with mindfulness. It is a statement of commitment and a stand for honoring the present moment.

Taking your seat is not about being attached to a specific location or posture. It is about the collaboration between your mind and body in holding awareness of your body, time, place, and posture. It is about being fully present without any expectations or attachments. When you can sit with this attitude, you can meditate anywhere, in any posture, and feel at home.

In conclusion, sitting in meditation is not just about the physical act of sitting. It is about adopting a particular posture towards the mind and being fully present in the moment. Start with the breath as your anchor and gradually expand your awareness to include all aspects of your experience. Set aside dedicated time each day to practice and observe the unfolding moments. Remember to take your seat with a sense of commitment and honor for the present moment. With time and practice, you will discover the specialness of sitting in meditation.